College of American Pathologists

  Press Release


Published on September 29, 2008

Contact: Julie Monzo
Phone: 800-323-4040, ext. 7538

The College of American Pathologists Honors Texas Pathologist With the Outstanding Service Award

NORTHFIELD, ILL. — Francis E. Sharkey, MD, FCAP, of San Antonio, Texas was awarded the Outstanding Service Award by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) at a ceremony held on Sept. 27, 2008, in San Diego at the College’s annual meeting, CAP ’08 — The Pathologists’ Meeting™.

The award is established in honor of the first president of the College of American Pathologists, Frank W. Hartman, MD. Francis E. Sharkey, MD, FCAP, was presented the award for his extensive contributions to the College of American Pathologists’ Commission on Laboratory Accreditation (CLA) as state commissioner for several areas of Texas since 1990 and as regional commissioner for the Mid-South Region from 1996 through 2004. Dr. Sharkey assumed the position of education commissioner for the CLA in January 2005, and became vice-chair of the Commission in 2006. He has participated in over 150 CAP inspections. He serves as chair of the Accreditation Education Committee and as editor of the Laboratory Accreditation Manual.

“The opportunity to serve as a commissioner and inspector in the College of American Pathologists’ Laboratory Accreditation Program has been one of the highlights of my career over the past 20 years,” said Dr. Sharkey. “It has provided an unparalleled opportunity to advance my knowledge of laboratory medicine, as well as a means of serving my profession.”

Dr. Sharkey is a tenured professor of pathology at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas, and also serves as a consultant to Audie L. Murphy Veterans Administration Hospital, San Antonio. He has served as director of surgical pathology for University Health System and University Hospital, San Antonio, and was a tenured associate professor of pathology at the M.S. Hershey College of Medicine –Pennsylvania State University before coming to San Antonio. During Pathology residency at Cornell University Medical College in New York City, he served as clinical instructor of pathology and clinical fellow (American Cancer Society). During a “year out” between the second and third years of medical school, he was a research fellow in pathology at Dartmouth Medical School. He was chief resident in pathology at Cornell, and chief fellow in pathology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He spent two years on the Army Medical Corps at Fort Jackson, S.C.

In addition to his active participation with the College, Dr. Sharkey is a member of many professional societies, including the Texas Society of Pathologists, San Antonio Society of Pathologists, Group for Research in Pathology Education, US and Canadian Academy of Pathology, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Sharkey graduated cum laude from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn. with a BS, and earned his BMS from Dartmouth Medical School. His MD degree is from Cornell University Medical College. He is the author or co-author of approximately 70 papers published in the scientific literature.

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is a medical society that serves more than 17,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The CAP is an advocate for high quality and cost-effective patient care.


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